biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red, tight tan head. Heavy, sweet caramel, ethanol, and herbal/citrus hop aromas. Sweet toffee, multi vitamin, alcohol and spicy citrus hop flavor. Very large body. Big burly Barley Wine.
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to riversideAK for getting me this one. A thick dark red pour with a small tan head. Heavy caramel malt and bubble gum aroma. Flavor has nice citrusy hops, caramel, toffee, and a bit of dark fruit. Finished pretty thick, slightly bitter and clean. Very nice!
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty mahogany. Vanilla with some cherry smell. Fruity, brown sugar, burning finish. Thanks Pepsican.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 5000. Pours a dark ruby color with no head. Aroma of cherries,light caramel,and earth. The flavor was the same with a nice hop presence. Thick, rich, and chewy. This is some good stuff here.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap in Tacoma, Wahington. The quintessential barley wine in aroma, color, body, taste, mouthfeel, finish, balance.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated twice within 2 months, went with the higher rating. Great big maltiness with a descent hop kick. Some toffee and even hints of light smokiness, but mostly tastes like a rich malty DIPA. Delicous.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby brown pour with a thin off-white head. Big malty nose with a flavor that is rich and lightly smoky, full of caramel malts and sweetness. Nice hop balance. Full mouthfeel. Very tasty.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 vintage, 22oz. bomber. Pours a nice clear dark garnet with a two finger creamy biege head and spotty lacing. Aroma is sweet caramelly malts, brown sugar, ripe dark fruits, vanilla and light citrus in the background. Flavor brings all that along, with more caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla and dark fruits, warming but not alcoholic. Wow, between this and Arctic Devil, Alaska just might be my favorite barleywine spot in the world! Can’t wait to try both with some age on them...
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared with the Chi-Town crew. Spicy hop profile in front of a thick, malty base on the nose. Some floral notes and a touch of soap. Pours dark ruby/copper with light spotty lacing. Nice balance of syrupy caramel malt and spicy hops. Touch of alcohol hotness. Lush and creamy on the palate. Slightly syrupy but in no way distracting. Lengthy hoppy finish. Thanks Matt!
kramer (5501) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a beautiful garnet red body with a great tight bubbled beige head. Very light lazy carbonation. Nice big full nose of juicy citrus hops and heavy toasted and caramel malt. Super well balanced, smells like a great candidate for aging. Wow, the flavor is just as well balanced. Big but not overpowering hops, full thick caramel malt without being sticky. A little retro-nasal alcohol fumes, but not a whole lot of alcohol flavor. This might be the best West Coast Barley Wine ever. Never crosses the line into Double IPA, just an aggressively hoppy Barley Wine. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, full bodied but not cloying or sweet. Perfect soft super-fine carbonation, just enough to keep it lively but not fizzy or thinning. Overall, this was just a dream for me, tailored just to my tastes . Delicious stuff!